Spring 2016 Episode Rankings – Week 7

My introduction game feels particularly weak today. Here are some animes what I did watch last week, and some things I thought about some of them, and stuff. Most of them were very good!

Ah well, a picture is worth a thousand words and all that...

Ah well, a picture is worth a thousand words and all that…

1 – Koutetsujou no Kabaneri ep 6 (↑ 1)

2 – Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ep 7 (↑ 13)

3 – Kiznaiver ep 7 (↑ 2)

4 – Ushio to Tora S2 ep 7 (↑ 6)

5 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2 ep 19 (↓ 2)

6 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable ep 7 (↓ 5)

7 – Macross Delta ep 7 (↑ 2)

8 – Sakamoto desu ga? ep 6 (↓ 1)

9 – Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge ep 7 (↓ 3)

10 – Kuromukuro ep 7 (↓ 6)

11 – Haifuri ep 7 (↑ 1)

12 – Bakuon!! ep 7 (↓ 4)

13 – Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 ep 7 (↑ 7)

14 – Kuma Miko ep 7 (↑ 2)

15 – Joker Game ep 7 (↓ 2)

16 – Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? ep 7 (↑ 1)

17 – Mayoiga ep 7 (↓ 6)

18 – Anne Happy ep 7 (↑ 1)

19 – Bungou Stray Dogs ep 7 (↓ 5)

20 – Big Order ep 6 (↓ 2)

Plenty of emotional scenes in Re:Zero... does make a change from the usual pattern of everyone loving the male lead for no reason, though!

Plenty of emotional scenes in Re:Zero… does make a change from the usual pattern of everyone loving the male lead for no reason, though!

Moving up:

With three weeks spent in my Top 5, and the other four weeks in the double digits, Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is certainly the least consistent series of this Spring when it comes to my rankings. That’s because the introductory episodes to each arc are full of those long, rambling conversations about nothing that seem to be a light novel staple. But though these buildup episodes are quite boring on their own (aside from Subaru’s frequent post-credit death scenes), they do a fantastic job of developing the characters and the setting – the climactic battle at the end of the first arc remains one of my favorite episodes of the season, and if this week’s episode was any indication, the second arc’s ending should also be spectacular.

When I think about all the buildup it’s taken to get to this stage in Ushio to Tora S2, however, perhaps I’ve been too hard on Re:Zero? 26 episodes later, and Ushio finally met up with his mother last week… and that wasn’t even the most noteworthy thing that happened, with Hakumen no Mono also being released from the stone pillar! And in this episode, we really got to see why he was so feared. He’s huge. Each of his tails is a mini-boss Ushio struggled with in the past. He demolished the Eastern and Western youkai, some ships, an island, killed all the monks & Ushio’s father (not the parent that I thought was going to perish this week!), and shrugged off the beast spear like it was nothing, breaking it in the process. Okay, the buildup was probably worth it here as well.

Clearly this was a bad week for main characters...

Clearly this was a bad week for protagonists everywhere…

Moving down:

Bungou Stray Dogs still isn’t doing much for me. The slapstick comedy that I originally liked is getting a bit repetitive, and this week in particular felt jarring compared to the tone of the more serious parts. The action scenes were very good, but over too quickly; the plot for this arc should have been of interest to me (kidnapping, bombs, , but for some reason wasn’t, and the dubious pacing didn’t help. Didn’t much care about the deaths of two barely-developed characters in a predictable ‘twist’ at the end. Needed more boring buildup episodes. 😛 Also, when was the last time our main character Atsushi actually did anything of importance? Here’s hoping the next arc will be better.

One series that can seemingly get away with rushed, episodic encounters is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (much like the franchises’ earlier series). Though Hazamada was my least favourite villain of these early episodes, hence the rare drop out of my Top 5, it was still fun to watch Josuke fighting his clone, and the way he was finally defeated was an amusing surprise! The copyright issues that continue to plague the show’s official release are starting to annoy me though… every time the voices clearly say ‘Crazy Diamond’ but the subs say ‘Shining Diamond’, I cringe a little, but this week’s change from ‘Surface’ to ‘Show Off’ was even worse!

Haifuri's comedic moments are also good - I like how Mii-chan and Koko bonded over Yakuza movies!

Haifuri’s comedic moments are also good – I like how Mii-chan and Koko bonded over Yakuza movies!

General comments:

My thoughts on Haifuri remain largely positive, though I was a little disappointed when the source of the crew member’s madness was discovered early on, and the Harekaze’s crew were forgiven pending further investigation for their ‘mutiny’. I guess they couldn’t have dragged it on much longer with them fending for themselves, given their low supplies and ammunition. The series still has plenty of drama from other sources though, with Misaki’s suitability for the role of captain constantly being challenged, and this week’s rescue mission from a sinking commercial ship was very tense. And of course, the situation on the Musashi (and perhaps Mii-chan’s Admiral Spee too) still remain a mystery.

While I still like the characters and music in Macross Delta, the plot hasn’t been advancing as quickly or as interestingly as a lot of other shows on the whole. But this week, the main cast infiltrated a planet of cat-eared people, so leaving it out of my Top 5 was a painful decision. 😛 It wasn’t all fanservice either – we learned that the cause of the terrible Var-syndrome was a combination of Windermere Apples and water from ruins, which I found amusing for some reason (on top of simply liking the sound of the name ‘ginga ringo’). The highlight had to be the music once again though; there was a lot of it this week, but Makina and Reina’s new song was my favourite. Shipping those two hard now~

All the mentions of jellyfish gain Macross Delta extra points as well. :razz:

All the mentions of jellyfish gain Macross Delta extra points as well!

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